ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: It’s something still for a hip-hop artist — especially, the art form’s been around for a minute and people are making money — to see people come together and make a power move like that because I don’t think that’s happened yet.
E-40: Nope, it haven’t. That’s the thing: we better together than separate. I try to tell cats. When I rock with Too Short -– one thing about me and Too Short, I respect him as being before me. He taught me a lot, just through his raps and the way he did it. He was the first one to let his nuts hang over his shoulder, and say the things he said. His beats was what the sound is now, way back in the early ’80s. With the heavy bass line. And that was him on the keyboards: Todd Shaw.
Once me and Short start really connecting, it can’t be no fallouts or nothing like that. Because you know why? I’ma always respect him as being the first. A lot of cats won’t do that. They’ll just be like, “Well, I’m over you now. I’m way more popular, I’m the dude right now.” It ain’t about that. You gotta pay homage man. These new cats don’t pay homage like that. That’s why they always separating and all over the place. Everybody got they egos, and they don’t know people like Too Short is gonna be around forever. Because he embroidered in the game. He’s in there.